Todays confession — I give my Arlo whip cream. Today’s question – Does spraying whip cream in Arlo’s mouth make me a bad person?
I wonder about things. I always have. I care too much what others think. I always have. I was spraying Redi-Whip in Arlo’s mouth today and found myself caring what someone would think about that.
The sick part about people like me who give a dang what others think about their behavior and activities, is that we also care what our own inner art critic thinks. Not the inner loving self – we seldom listen to her as much – but the inner critic who criticizes and intimidates.
I wonder why that is? I’d like to blame it on my childhood or the Diet Coke I drink non stop or religion or the purple streaks in my hair but NOPE! I give voice to that inner critic and I give it power. Identifying when it is present and needing to stop it is part of art journaling and “arting” in general.
If you, like me, art journal and find yourself listening as the inner critic says that it looks ugly or muddy — or crapped not collaged– we need to tell our inner critic to take a seat while we make this art journal page.
Creative criticism is good and healthy. But our inner critic is often something that stops creativity and taste sour.
Here’s to us creating something that brings us pleasure this weekend and actually allowing it to do just that.
Let’s try to be as happy as Arlo with whip cream all over his mouth.